First Pitch: How Long Can Andrew McCutchen Post MVP Numbers?
Nov14

First Pitch: How Long Can Andrew McCutchen Post MVP Numbers?

Neal Huntington has made a lot of good moves in his time as the General Manager. This past off-season he signed two of the biggest values on the free agent market when he brought in Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano. He traded for A.J. Burnett the previous off-season, getting the starter for next to nothing in prospects and at a reduced price. He’s drafted well, and those drafts are starting to produce results in the majors....

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Andrew McCutchen Wins the NL MVP Award
Nov14

Andrew McCutchen Wins the NL MVP Award

The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Andrew McCutchen the National League MVP for the 2013 season. The award for McCutchen is expected, as he was a heavy favorite to win. The other finalists were Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. McCutchen received 28 of 30 first place votes. McCutchen had an amazing season, posting an 8.2 WAR. That was the best mark in the...

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Prospect Rewind: Should Justin Wilson’s Future Be in the Rotation?
Nov14

Prospect Rewind: Should Justin Wilson’s Future Be in the Rotation?

The 2013 season saw Justin Wilson emerge as a dominant left-handed reliever. Out of 135 qualified relievers, Wilson ranked 17th with his 2.08 ERA. His 3.41 FIP was closer to middle of the pack, ranking 71st. That was due to a low BABIP of .229, which might come up in the future. However, Wilson limited opponents throughout his minor league career, with BABIP numbers below .290-.300 in the upper levels of the minors. So while he...

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Baseball Prospectus Looks at 12 Bargain Free Agents
Nov14

Baseball Prospectus Looks at 12 Bargain Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done well in the past few years looking at bargain players, especially on the pitching side of the game. They look to be going the same route again this year, once again looking for bargain starting pitchers. Baseball Prospectus released a list of 12 players who are likely to be bargains this year. The list is numbered, but I don’t think it’s a rankings list, since each writer had one player....

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MLB Owners Approve Instant Replay For the 2014 Season
Nov14

MLB Owners Approve Instant Replay For the 2014 Season

Major League Baseball owners had their annual meetings today, and a big topic of discussion was the installation of instant replay in baseball starting in 2014. According to Ken Rosenthal, the owners approved funding for instant replay. Owners approve funding for replay expansion next season. Approval of players' and umpires' union fully expected. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 14, 2013 The next steps will be...

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First Pitch: Spend on Hitting, Save on Pitching
Nov13

First Pitch: Spend on Hitting, Save on Pitching

If you look at what the Pittsburgh Pirates have done the last few years, you start to notice a few trends. The trend of saving on pitching has been pretty well established. At first they were doing this with the bullpen, and then they started getting more out of starting pitchers. The approach with pitchers has gotten to the point where it looks like the Pirates would rather go with a new bounce back candidate, rather than taking the...

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